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Poem by James Elroy Flecker


The Queen's Song


Had I the power
To Midas given of old
To touch a flower
And leave the petals gold
I then might touch thy face,
Delightful boy,
And leave a metal grace,
A graven joy.
Thus would I slay, -
Ah, desperate device!
The vital day
That trembles in thine eyes,
And let the red lips close
Which sang so well,
And drive away the rose
To leave a shell.

Then I myself,
Rising austere and dumb
On the hight shelf
Of my half-lighted room,
Would place the shining bust
And wait alone,
Until I was but dust,
Buried unknown.

Thus in my love
For nations yet unborn,
I would remove
From our two lives the morn,
And muse on loveliness
In mine armchair,
Content should Time confess
How sweet you were. 



James Elroy Flecker


James Elroy Flecker's other poems:
  1. The Second Sonnet of Bathrolaire
  2. November Eves
  3. Mignon
  4. The First Sonnet of Bathrolaire
  5. The Ballad of Hampstead Heath

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